Emergencies and Severe Weather

In the event of a severe weather emergency, our first priority is to keep students on campus safe and comfortable during power outages or when driving conditions are dangerous.

It would be unusual for classes to be cancelled, but when severe weather strikes, Piedmont will announce any closings via this website and the the local and regional media. These include WXIA-TV, WNEG-TV, and radio stations WCON (99.3), WDUN (AM 550) and WMJE (FM 102.9).

Commuting students (Demorest and Athens) are encouraged to stay home if driving conditions in their area are prohibitively dangerous. In most cases, residential students are also urged to remain in the dormitories on campus.

Cohort classes will be canceled if the host school is closed.

On the Demorest campus, all resident students should keep a sleeping bag, flashlight and battery-powered radio in their room. If residence halls should lose power for an extended period, Nielsen Dining Hall is the designated emergency shelter. The building is equipped with a generator, and the dining hall staff will be able to prepare meals.

The President's Home on the Demorest campus is also equipped with a generator and will serve as the emergency operations center. During an emergency or if there is a power outage, students or parents can contact Piedmont personnel by calling 706-778-2222.